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Cody Garbrandt, Urijah Faber: T.J. Dillashaw trained dirty, ended Chris Holdsworth's career


UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt readily admits he’s no T.J. Dillashaw fan, but “No Love” insists it’s for good reason.

While Dillashaw’s sparring intensity has become legendary in MMA circles – even inspiring the nickname “Killashaw” among his former Team Alpha Male crew – Garbrandt and UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber said an alternate nickname of “Dillashank” might be a little more revealing.

Garbrandt and Faber were guests on the latest edition of “The Joe Rogan Experience” and doubled down on a previous claim that Dillashaw is at least partially responsible for ending the fight career of “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner Chris Holdsworth, who currently serves as a Team Alpha Male grappling coach.

“T.J. was never the best teammate,” Faber said. “He would, like, try to hurt people.”

“That’s why Chris is out, Garbrandt added. “(Dillashaw) kneed him in the back of the head.”

Faber was hesitant to address the incident, which occurred when Dillashaw was still a part of the team. But he did describe a history of cheap shots in sparring, including shots thrown after the bell and knees fired to the body during boxing sessions.

But Garbrandt had no such hesitation.

“That’s the truth,” Garbrandt said. “We’re talking about cheap shots.

“I guess Chris choked him out, and T.J. got up and (expletive) kneed him in the back of the had when he was down on the mat.”

Holdsworth has openly addressed lingering issues from a concussion suffered in training but has thus far declined to discuss specifics. We’ll see if that changes ahead of UFC 217, where Garbrandt and Dillashaw meet on the pay-per-view main card of the Nov. 4 event at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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